I'm just gonna start a tally:
Sandstone Violence - Esser
Tunder Tighs - Remo, Aaron, Esser. Eggnutz and Ian repeated it
Remo's Sacrifice - Ian
Hipsters - V5 FA - Dobbe, Remo
So Dope - Eggballs 2nd Ascent
Beautiful Soup - Tony B.
Alpine Club - Ian
Hangman - Sarah McCoy
Split Personality - Ben Rosen
Punts - Yours truly
Another good weekend. Highlights for sure are Chris and Sarah cleaning up projects at Dodge and the Sunday crew up at the West Bluff. To start things off on Sunday Remo dispatched TT first go and Aaron satched it up 5th go I think. Really strong work there.
While that was going on I was attempting to warm up as Dobbe found the little cave that The Hipsters comes out of. After making fun of him a bit I tried it and it's actually super cool. Really powerful opening moves and a surprisingly pumpy finish. We were both kind of surprised at how cool it was. For those that are wondering, it's just down the hill from Tunder Tighs and sits on top of the big roof down there.
Good work Dobbe, and good eye.
After a little playing around on Remo's Sacrifice Chris and I gave some burns on Tunder Tighs. He nearly flashed it but had a damn fine dry fire while going for the topout jugs. He did it next try without a problem. I had a few more troubles on it even if I'd hoped to give it a good flash effort. Instead of doing the toe hook switch off of the high left hand break I figured out that I had to do that off the left hand sloper and then bump up to the good hold. Not a big deal but it was finicky the whole way.
Same thing with the big left hand move off the break. Instead of the good right foot, it went on a little smear. I, very happily, just figured out the chick beta. Except for Katie's beta which will be so jacked it won't even be funny since she can't physically span the upper move.
So with that figured out I gave some burns from the start, each time losing more and more skin. After a few tries, and one falling right at the lip, I found myself at the good right hand jug over the lip.
I'd promised myself I wouldn't fall there. I knew that TT sucked in punts like a dangerous vortex. I saw it happen to Aaron. I heard it happen to Remo. It wasn't going to happen. I wasn't falling there.
I fell there.
Ian called it one of the best punts he'd ever seen. Said it was super proud. I dunno about that but it was a goodie. For those that are interested, I fell with my fingertips on the second jug trying in vain to get as much of me on the boulder as possible. Instead I just slid down the slab into the pit.
I just didn't have it in me to try again.
So Ian took off with Eggsack to try Alpine Club and Chris and I did what we do best. We moved boulders. While we didn't get the giant block into the pit under the project we were able to move it about 3-4 feet to the north directly where the punting pit was. We should be able to move it a bit more and make the landing rather nice.
In the process we discovered that the talus around there is super unstable and really gnarly. We filled some holes, left some others and bent one of these:
When we're done the landing will be fitting of a problem as good as Tunder Tighs. While I risk inflating Nic's ego even more, I have to say that this problem is hands down one of the best at the lake. Its quality is incredible and the movement is rather amazing. The holds are all solid, comfy and unique making TT an absolute must do at the grade. Every single person who has gotten on it has said the same and credit goes to Nic for figuring it out in 90 degree heat.
It falls very easily into the top 5 at the lake. Ask anyone.
Once again it was really nice to see and hear so many people at different areas yesterday. There were people at Anchorpoint, Tunder Tighs, Massive Vertigo, Beautiful Soup and I think the North Shore. DL is full on blowing up right now. I love it.
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